This is what you need to know before the bell:
1. European stocks booked solid early gains Friday after strong factory data underpinned the region's economic recovery and an influential policymaker at the European Central Bank poured cold water on prospects for an early interest rate hike.
2. Vivendi SA (VIVHY) shares surged the most in ten months in early Paris trading Friday after the French media group topped second quarter profit forecasts late Thursday and confirmed its full year outlook.
3. President Donald Trump's plans to cancel a work permit program for illegal immigrants has drawn the ire of Facebook FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose FWD.us lobby group has led an effort by more than 350 company bosses that urges a rethink to the White House's approach to the so-called Dreamers.
4. The Labor Department will release the nonfarm payrolls report for last month at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists surveyed by FactSet expect the U.S. to have added 180,000 jobs to payrolls in August, while the unemployment rate is forecast to remain steady at 4.3%. Economists expect hourly earnings in August to rise 0.2% from July.
5. A broad push higher on Wall Street on Thursday, Aug. 31, propelled stocks to close at session highs and with monthly gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.27% on Thursday, the S&P 500 added 0.57% and the Nasdaq gained 0.95% to close at a new record of 6,428.66.
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